Coffee equipment maker donates to UC Davis coffee research
July 12, 2017
• Its Coffee Center is for research, not lattes
• “We intend to make UC Davis the world’s leading source of expertise in coffee science”
Wilbur Curtis Co., a Montebello-based maker of coffee-brewing equipment, has pledged $250,000 to the University of California, Davis, to support the university’s expanding Coffee Center. The donation is the first by Wilbur Curtis to a major academic institution.
The gift from Curtis will contribute to the renovation of a 6,000-square-foot building for the new Coffee Center, which will include a pilot roastery, an experimental green bean storage facility, a sensory analysis laboratory, advanced analytical labs, as well as classroom and office space. An outdoor patio event space, intended to host coffee tastings and coffee-industry events, will be named in honor of the company.
“We are very grateful to Wilbur Curtis for their vision in supporting the Coffee Center,” says William Ristenpart, professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis and co-founder of the center. “We intend to make UC Davis the world’s leading source of expertise in coffee science and education, and support from … companies like Wilbur Curtis is instrumental in making that vision a reality.”
Led by Mr. Ristenpart and Tonya Kuhl, a professors with the Department of Chemical Engineering, and sensory scientist Jean Xavier Guinard, professor of food science and technology, the Coffee Center will be the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to post-harvest research of coffee, says UC Davis. The team expects the Coffee Center to elevate the coffee industry by applying a rigorous academic framework to research and education in coffee science.
Wilbur Curtis designs and makes coffee-brewing systems that are now standard in coffee houses, convenience stores, hotels and restaurants around the world.
“With over 75 years of coffee knowledge under our belts, we know that, with the help of UC Davis, the next 75 years will bring us an enhanced understanding of coffee that will continue to revolutionize the industry and benefit our customers,” says Patrick Curtis, the company’s business development manager.